BRISTOL — Through two Arby’s Classic contests, Mentor (Ohio) has been the Big Red Scoring Machine.
The Cardinals (6-0) hit triple digits in a 102-29 dismantling of Hurley, Va. in Tuesday’s opening round and matched the point total with a 102-78 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the 29th annual basketball tournament at Viking Hall.
In other quarterfinal action, Charlotte Christian upended local favorite Cherokee 58-44 and Christ Presbyterian Academy knocked off Urspring, Germany 67-63 in a double-overtime thriller.
The night’s final quarterfinal between Dobyns-Bennett and Christ School of Arden, N.C., which featured former Science Hill players Shannon Hale and Jaylen Allen, was still in progress at press time.
Mentor, the third-place team in the Arby’s a year ago, averaged 104 points per game coming into this year’s tournament and haven’t slowed up since. They got out to a roaring start on Thursday, taking a 34-15 lead at the end of one quarter.
GACS never recovered from the early deficit, trailing 59-40 at the half and 83-58 heading into the final quarter.
Justin Fritts led the way for Mentor with 31 points, while Danny Wallack, who made the statement, “We’re here to win,” scored 27 points with seven goals behind the 3-pooint line.
Overall, the Cardinals made 15 of 36 shots behind the arc, which was fine with head coach Bob Krizanic.
“We have no fear,” Krizanic said. “You’ll won’t see a guy sitting on the bench who missed three or four three’s in a row. You’ll see a guy on the bench who’s afraid to take a shot.”
Caleb Potter added 10 points, including his own pair of 3-point goals, for Mentor.
Delano Spencer had 25 points and Collin Swinton added 20 points to lead GACS. Cam Boyd tallied a dozen, while freshman Jaye Stackhouse, the son of former North Carolina and NBA star Jerry Stackhouse, scored seven points.
Charlotte Christian 58
Fresh off an upset of defending Class AAA champion Craigmont in the opening round, Cherokee played Charlotte Christian even through one quarter, 11-11 at the end of the period, and trailed just 24-21 at the half.
Falling behind by double digits in the third quarter, the Chiefs (11-3) tried to rally over the final eight minutes, but was rebuffed by a more athletic Charlotte team.
“We were trading baskets with them in the first half, but you could just feel their depth and athleticism starting to wear on us,” Cherokee head coach Jeremy Parrott said. “We just didn’t have an answer for their little scoring runs because of it.”
The Knights (9-1) were led by Ryan Potocnik’s double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Ben Richter also ended with 17 points, while Patrick Rooks finished with 11 points. It was the other end of the court, however, where head coach Shonn Brown felt the game was won.
“We’re usually a pretty good shooting team, but our kids were able to grind it out and we were able to open it up because of our defense,” Brown said. “We got a lot of transition baskets and that gave us a good lead.”
James Scales scored 16 points to lead Cherokee, while Ty Ryans contributed 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds. However, rebounding went 45-29 for the Knights overall, including a 16-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
“I knew we were getting hurt on the boards,” Parrott said. “We needed to play a little more error-free than we did. We had to make free throws, cut down on the turnovers and try to limit their second chances. We just didn’t get any of that done.”
Christ Presbyterian Academy 67
Urspring, Germany 63
Playing with a shoulder out of socket since the first quarter, Craig Bradshaw ended with 29 points to lead the Lions (13-1) to the double-overtime win over Urspring (9-5).
After the German team scored on a short jumper with 44 seconds left, Bradshaw drove the length of the court and responded the game-winning layup.
“We just flattened it out, allowed him to drive the baseline and do what he can do,” CPA head coach Drew Maddux said. “I love Craig Bradshaw for a lot of things, but his heart is so big. He’s always so willing to compete even when he isn’t feeling good.”
Bradshaw’s heroics came after the Lions missed opportunities at the end of regulation and the first overtime to put the game away.
However, they eventually did win with Jalen Lindsey getting 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Vic Wharton scoring 12 points.
Urspring was led by Kevin Bright’s 15 points. Kenneth Ogbe had 12 points and Malo Valerien added 11 in the losing cause.
Sullivan East 39
The defending Class AAA state champions bounced back from their opening-round upset to defeat the Patriots.
Jordan Washington had 20 points and five steals to pace the Chiefs. Sam Craft came through with 10 points for Craigmont which had a 26-10 advantage in turnovers.
David Casaday was the only Patriot player to reach double digits with a 15-point performance.
Ft. Myers, Fla. 50
Tennessee High 47
The host Vikings hit just 7-of-17 from the free-throw line in the overtime loss to the Green Wave.
Lucas Guerin was 6-of-8 behind the 3-point line in a 23-point performance for Ft. Myers. Rudy Zahorchak chimed in with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Austin Delph led the way for Tennessee High with 18 points and five assists. Nathan Terrill contributed 10 points as the Vikings battled to a 44-44 tie at the end of regulation.
Irmo, S.C. 56
Tabernacle Baptist 38
A swarming defense by the appropriately named Yellow Jackets spelled doom for the Falcons.
Irmo limited Tabernacle to just 18 points in the first half and 26 points through three quarters.
Justin McKie paced Irmo on the offensive end with 18 points. Detrek Browning shot his way to a 14-point effort. Keno Russell and Sanchez McPhee both ended with nine points to lead the Falcons.
Gate City Va. 70
Hurley, Va. 55
Austen Arnold scored 24 points and Andy Arnold added 19 to lead Blue Devils over the Rebels in the battle of Southwest Virginia rivals.
Tyler Copper had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Hurley. Thomas Allen also reached double figures with a 10-point effort.